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Coy Melbourne Brown

June 14, 1932 — May 19, 2023


In Loving Memory of Coy Brown June 14, 1932 - May 19, 2023 Coy Brown, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on May 19, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories. He will forever be remembered for his achievements, unwavering dedication, and warm-hearted nature.

Born on June 14, 1932, Coy's journey began in Independence, Missouri, where he would grow up to become a shining star on a championship college football team. During the early 1950s, he etched his name into the annals of William Jewell College's history as a decorated four-year starting middle linebacker and offensive tackle. His athleticism and determination played a pivotal role in some of the college's most successful football teams.

 Following his college years, Coy selflessly answered the call to serve his country and joined the Marines during the Korean War. Serving as an officer, he displayed extraordinary dedication and commitment, earning the respect and admiration of his fellow soldiers. He also was recruited to play with the Quantico Marines Devil Dogs football team, proudly representing the Quantico Marine Base during his military service.

After his honorable discharge, Coy spent time working in the airline industry. During this period, his life took a beautiful turn when he met the love of his life, Carol Sheppard. Their paths intertwined, they married, had two children, and they shared 63 incredible years together, building a foundation of love, support, and shared adventures. Coy's devotion and unwavering commitment to his family were a testament to the kind of man he was. But Coy's passion for football never wavered.

He continued to share his love for the game by coaching players of all ages. From little leaguers to college athletes, he imparted his knowledge, inspired others with his passion, and made a lasting impact on their lives. In the late 1960s, Coy had the opportunity to work in the front office with the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs. Upon retiring to Arizona in the late 1990s, Coy embarked on a new chapter as a substitute teacher in local high schools. His infectious positivity, creative teaching methods, and unique talent for singing short songs captured the hearts of his students and fellow teachers. They affectionately called him "Coach" and admired his dedication to education and the well-being of his students.

Outside the classroom, Coy was a true entertainer, showcasing his witty and wonderful sense of humor on stage. He actively participated in the Sun City Grand drama club's musicals and variety shows, captivating audiences with his talent and bringing joy to all who had the pleasure of witnessing his performances. Coy leaves behind a profound and lasting legacy, as he touched the lives of many.

 He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (Sheppard) Brown; his daughter Carri (Brown) Chatfield, his son-in-law Richard Chatfield, grandchildren, Taylor (Chatfield) & JB Martin and Tucker & Aurora (Yang) Chatfield, and great-grandchild, Mabel Martin; his son Chris Brown, his daughter-in-law Andrea (Himan) Brown, grandchildren Sam & Kristin (Stephens) Brown and Meghan (Brown) & Spencer Kocken, and great-grandchildren, Elle Kocken, George Kocken, Skylar Brown and Beckett Brown.

Coy Brown will forever be remembered for his vibrant spirit, his dedication to his family and community, and the profound impact he made in the lives of those around him. His laughter will echo through the memories of all who had the privilege of knowing him, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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